Stetson Bennett IV is well aware of the recent attention Georgia’s soccer program has received, but says it doesn’t reflect any sort of team culture problem.
At least nine current and former Georgia players have been arrested in the past thirteen months, according to a report by the Athens Banner-Herald.
Bennett was arrested on public intoxication charges in January. Earlier this week, police issued an arrest warrant for Jalen Carter’s alleged role in a car crash that killed teammate Devin Willock and team staff member Chandler LeCroy.
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From Bennett’s point of view, the arrests are isolated incidents.
«No. Those were individual mistakes that those individuals are responsible for. It’s not a cultural issue,» he said Friday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.
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When Bennett was asked about his arrest, he acknowledged that he made a mistake.
And they asked him about his situation during his time in the media.
«It was a mistake that everyone is aware of. I understand why that can’t happen,» Bennett said. «I’ve talked to the coaches about it and to the general managers.»
But the 25-year-old quarterback said the most disappointing part of the situation was that he let his family down.
«I apologized to my family. That’s the person I feel the worst for. I felt like I let them down. Even without all this, I have an obligation. I’m fourth. I can’t do that if you’re last.» My name is Bennett, and I know better than that.»
Dallas police officers located Bennett near a locked area shortly after 6 a.m. on January 29. An incident report said Bennett tried to hide behind a brick wall to avoid being seen by police.
Carter returned to the Combine on Thursday after turning himself in to police in Athens on reckless driving charges. He was booked into the Athens-Clarke County Jail Wednesday and released 16 minutes later.
Carter is projected to be one of the first picks in next month’s NFL draft. He was a vital part of Georgia’s vaunted defense that allowed fewest rushing yards per game in the nation last season. Carter is also a two-time All-American.
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Head coach Kirby Smart said the charges announced against Carter are «deeply concerning, especially as we are still struggling to cope with the devastating loss of two beloved members of our community.»
«We will continue to fully cooperate with authorities as we stand with these families and assess what we can learn from this horrific tragedy,» Smart said in a written statement.